National Junior Solar Sprint
The Junior Solar Sprints (JSS) are a fun way to learn about science by building a small car that runs on solar power.
The program is a classroom-based, hands-on educational program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. JSS student teams apply math, science, and creativity to construct model solar-powered cars and race them in interscholastic competitions hosted within their schools or within their states or regions. JSS began in 1990 as a single demonstration race and expanded to 10 regional competitions in 1991. The program now uses public and private sector support to improve education in middle/junior high schools across the nation. In recent years, the event grew to 83 host sites in 26 states involving 100,000 students and 15,000 teachers.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Junior Solar Sprint program is managed for the U.S. Department of Energy by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
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